This collection of poems is the winner of the 1995 first-book competition in the Texas Tech University Press Poetry Award series. These poems about a young woman leaving Italy for the United States in the 1950s examine both the small town and urban landscape of a uniquely American experience. '""Anna and the Steel Mill"" is a work of great range and maturity. These poems are struck like matches out of the small frictions in these poems arise gentle flames, but also raging fires' - Jim Daniels. Spare Change: Crossing Spruce Street, I was bending like a peddler under my laundry and three loaves of day-old-bread She held her sleeping daughter, asked for change for milk, and diapers to soak up what the baby couldn't use. I'd spent my change on laundry tokens, flat imitations rattling in my hand. I offered bread; she needed cash; we stared at the broken street, as if we hoped to see a table spread with laundered white, with knives and baskets ready for the strong bread that, broken open would release a blessing in the smell of yeast.
Anna Leaving Home Getting on the Ark Basil and Anna Anna at Euclid Beach First Swim Learning to Read Queen for a Day At the Zoo Anna and the Steel Mill Playing Catch July: Hail First Harvest Waiting for the Bomb Walking to Canada Bandstand Making Sure of Arithmetic: Grades 1-6 Forgetting The Princess and the Pea The Stolen Child Cleaning Chicken Ocean City Fire in the Onion Field Praising Their Names: The Market, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania Roadside Stand Climbing the Trestle Born of Water and the Spirit Church Camp, 1963 The First Jet Trail in Painesville The Fishery: Cleaning Laid Off October 13, 1960 Perfect Game Fairport Carnival The Loudest Woman in Lake Erie Getting Through the Winter: Lake County, 1815 Coming into the Country When the Unimaginable Becomes Easy Gleaning Spare Change Feeding Demons Saving the Prophet City Music Daily News Who Knows Watching the Movies Maintaining the Species Earrings No Expiration Date First Death Child Care Double Dutch Combing Out the Tangles Seeking the Buddha School Fire Playing with Fire